Heide Hinrichs Semikoerper, Photo: Uwe Walther
The Event of a Thread. Globale Narratives in Textiles.
Fine Arts Centre, Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre | Kuwait City | 07.12.2018 – 12.01.2019
Exhibition | Textiles are at the heart of the ifa touring exhibition, which focuses on questions including: What inherent meanings and messages can be found in fabrics? What is their cultural significance? How can textiles be ‘read’? What can fabrics tell us about their origins, meanings and social roles? Which traditional textile techniques have artists appropriated, abstracted, relocated and brought back to life? Textiles constitute a locus in which art encounters handicraft, traditions meet the present day, and local knowledge intersects with global relationships. The exhibition highlights the multiple complex ways in which the participating artists work with textiles. They link personal and aesthetic narratives with the social and economic configuration of a globalized world. In 1965, Bauhaus artist Anni Albers described “the event of a thread” as something multilinear, without beginning or end: more broadly, it signifies constant scope to rethink relations and to restructure connections and contexts.
For the exhibition artist Judith Raum developed The Bauhaus Space, an installation dedicated to the Bauhaus weaving workshop. We encounter rewoven fabrics and historic materials in a specially designed display that unfolds its extraordinary success story in six chapters.
Every part of the world can attest the complex inscription of textiles into cultural and industrial history. In cooperation with local artists and curators, the main body of the exhibition will be complemented by artworks, performances or actions that create new narratives relevant to the textile context of each specific location, in turn linking the exhibition to artists associated with the respective city and ist textures.
Curated by Susanne Weiß in collaboration with Inka Gressel
Artists: Ulla von Brandenburg, Noa Eshkol, Andreas Exner, Uli Fischer, Zille Homma Hamid, Heide Hinrichs, Olaf Holzapfel, Christa Jeitner, Elisa van Joolen & Vincent Vulsma, Karen Michelsen Castañon, Eva Meyer & Eran Schaerf, Judith Raum, Franz Erhard Walther
exhibition opening: 6.12.2018, 7:00 pm